Will Panasonic switch to phase detect AF? Latest interview hints at a rethink

Panasonic cameras use a variant of older ‘contrast detect’ autofocus, which uses to-and-fro focus checks to zero in on the point of focus. Newer phase detect AF can travel straight to the correct point of focus. Panasonic has stuck with contrast AF and its own highly developed DFD (Depth from Defocus) AF tech with mixed results and mixed reactions, especially from the video community.

Panasonic makes some great cameras. The Lumix S5 is one of the best full frame cameras around right now and terrific value as a hybrid stills / video shooter. The Lumix GH6 has quickly established itself as one of the best 4K cameras for videoand Panasonic cameras have always figured highly amongst the best cameras for vlogging and even the best cameras for beginners. Yet all along Panasonic’s been dogged by misgivings about its unique DFD autofocus technology.

The Lumix S5 is a great full frame hybrid camera, but would Panasonic sell more if it (or its replacement) had phase detect AF? (Image credit: Panasonic)

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But in this interview with Panasonic from Imaging Resource (opens in new tab)there are signs that Panasonic may be coming round to the idea of ​​PDAF (phase detect autofocus. After emphasizing the continued performance advances in its DFD system, especially in the Lumix GH6, Panasonic goes on to say: